Where are bug infestations often seen - can you
prevent them?



Bug infestation happens in many different environments. This article offers more information about the most commonly infested areas along and what the most efficient bug pest control method is for you.

Hotels and hostels


The most common pest bug in hotels is the bed bug (Cimex lectularius). In the daytime, it nestles in the seams of mattresses, in door and window frames, carpets, skirting boards and picture frames as well as in wooden furniture joints. At night, the bed bug comes out of its hiding places to feed.




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For preventive and early detection reasons, we recommend periodical installation of bed bug traps in hotel rooms to detect bed bugs. Moreover, it is good practice to combine this with periodical heat treatments of individual hotel rooms to make sure you get rid of bugs that have escaped into other rooms. For the same reason, if bed bugs are detected, you should always carry out the heat treatment in the affected room(s) and all adjacent rooms above and below. So effectively, up to five rooms require treatment for every affected room. Again, sealing off any possible escape routes is essential with double-sided adhesive tape. After the treatment, bed bug traps should be placed in the rooms to detect the presence of surviving bugs.

Hotels suffering from bug infestations risk reputational damage and consequently lost customers and revenue. Not to mention compensation claims reported to have reached as much as $546,000.

Hospitals


Similar to hotels, the most common bug pest affecting hospitals and hostels is the bed bug. Monthly heat bug control treatments are necessary with temperatures reaching 50-60°C in every crack and cranny of every room. As in hotels, the bed bugs will attempt to escape into other rooms. As a preventive measure, seal off any possible escape route using double-sided adhesive tape.

After the heat treatment, bed bug traps should be installed to detect future infestation incidents.

Airplanes and trains


An increasing number of airline and train passengers complain about bed bug bites. Contrary to what their name signals, bed bugs do not restrict themselves to living in bedrooms. In fact, crammed aircraft and train compartments frequented by an extremely high number of different passengers travelling with luggage offer a perfect setting for bed bugs. Onboard aircrafts and trains, the bed bugs hide in spaces and crevices between cushions and seats, in wall joints and in the luggage storage areas. They will be active whenever there are passengers onboard. Passengers can take their own countermeasures to avoid bites, but for airline and train companies, reported bed bug incidents can spread like a pest online, potentially damaging their business reputation and resulting in lawsuits.

Unlike chemical bug pest control treatments, bed bug eradication using heat is 100% effective in killing bed bugs in any life stage, from egg to adult bug. Heat treatments are also faster than chemicals and require no subsequent cleaning.

Periodic heat treatments are recommended as a preventive measure.

Ambulances, police cars and vans


Insect infestations in ambulances, police cars, taxis, vans and more are very hard to treat with pest control insecticide because of all the nooks and crannies the bugs can disappear into and lay eggs in. Heat penetrates all those areas killing all life stages of the insect. Bed bugs are the most frequent type of bug pests in vehicles. We recommend treatments with extended heat for two hours at 50-60°C. Police cars and vans are often used to transport people with low hygienic levels. They can be easily contaminated by bugs. Heat can quickly clean cars or vans eliminating all bugs and eggs.

Heat treatment gets vehicles back in action straight away – done right the approach is 100% bulletproof.

Pig farms, chicken farms and other food production companies


The control of flies, cockroaches, bed bugs and other insects is important anywhere in the food production industry for hygiene reasons, amongst other things because they can transmit disease to animals. Examples include pig farms and chicken farms, both of which have been proven to suffer negative health, welfare and productivity consequences.

Using heat treatment for bug disinfestation, it is possible to kill all bugs and their eggs between one pig or chicken generation and the next, or when all animals are out and away from the facility, without having to expose facilities and personnel to poisonous chemicals. Heat penetrates deep into the farm structure and, when reaching sustained temperatures of 50-60°C for approximately two hours, it will wipe out all bugs and eggs.

Antique carpets


Antique rugs and carpets can survive earthquakes, wars and a wealth of other challenges. But tiny bugs, beetles and other pests can damage or ruin a substantial investment very quickly.

The infesting bugs and beetles often lay their eggs on the backside of carpets, so that’s a good place to inspect. The gentlest way of disinfesting fragile carpets is to have a professional carry out a controlled heat treatment. In contrast to chemicals, it takes out adult insects, larvae as well as eggs – and it leaves no toxic and potentially damaging residues behind.

Wooden boats


Heat can be used for in-depth extermination of wooden bugs and other parasites that thrive on wood. Wood-boring beetles leave behind wood powder as a sign of their activities. Along with small holes in the attached wood construction.

Heating the wooden construction until all of it reaches sustained temperatures of 50-60°C for approximately two hours will wipe out larvae, beetle and eggs.

Wood transport containers


Transporting wood often means to transport insects overseas, which can be dangerous for the wood or for agriculture. With EKO heat it is possible to kill all the bugs in the wood and to eradicate the container from resident insects.

Food transport containers


Food containers carrying goods such as fruit and vegetables need to be completely bug and insect free for sanitary and health reasons. The use of chemicals is banned as it would affect the food.

Using heat, however, is ideal as it renders it possible to kill all the bugs before loading any food into containers.

Army barracks, dormitories and prison cells


New guests in dormitories might carry undesired bugs with them. The whole dormitory will quickly be infested. Heat is a fast and safe way to eradicate the dormitory or to prevent the development of bugs.

New inmates could bring unwanted bugs in with them. The whole dormitory will quickly be infested. Heat is a fast and safe way to eradicate the cells and prevent the further development of bugs.

Bakeries, industrial kitchens, restaurants, pizzarias or ice cream parlours


Moths belonging to the Lepidoptera family and the Flour Beetle thrive in environments such as flour mills, bakeries and storage areas in professional kitchens. They lay their eggs in the flour which are then invisible to the naked eye. Businesses incur the risk of fines and closures from local authorities and health inspectors which can be very costly to them. It is advisable to install permanent traps on the premises to highlight the presence of these insects and bugs. Even the careful cleaning of the production area and monitoring of the situation are unfortunately still not sufficient.

Using chemicals in environments where food is produced or stored, as previously stated, is not only harmful to the food and people but does not totally resolve the problem. It is also impossible to carry out treatments with ‘toxic gases’ as these rooms are generally installed in residential buildings and food should be removed in advance and each machine washed down afterwards.

The ideal solution is to use continual hot air as it can completely clean the production environment without interfering with the other materials and equipment present in the premises and in surrounding areas.









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